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Robert M. Prins, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery


Dr. Prins’s research group studies immune-based therapies for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) tumors. Currently, patients presenting with such malignancies are left with few treatment options. His research group is attempting to apply what we learn from pre-clinical models towards the implementation of immunotherapy clinical trials for brain tumor patients. Our work is currently involved in the following pre-clinical and clinical studies.

Education & Training

  • 1992: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, B.S., Kinesiology
  • 1996: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, M.S., Physiological Science
  • 2001: Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, Ph.D., Anatomy and Immunology
  • 2001: Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2002: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Neurosurgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2000: Phi Kappa Phi Award; Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
  • 2000: C.C Clayton Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
  • 2001: Jack Denning Burke Award; VCU/MCV Department of Anatomy Outstanding Graduate Student in Cell Biology
  • 2001: Osterud Award; VCU/MCV Department of Anatomy Outstanding Graduate Student
  • 2002: Co-PI, Grant from Northwest Biotherapeutics. Treatment of CNS gliomas with intracranial IFN-? and dendritic cells pulsed with allogeneic peptides.
  • 2002: UCLA Tumor Immunology Training fellowship (5-T32-CA09120-28).
  • 2002: Fellowship, Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology.
  • 2005: Fellowship, NCI Cancer Education Grant, R25 CA 098010, Scholars in Oncologic Molecular Imaging (SOMI)
  • 2005-06: UCLA Chancellor’s Professional Development award
  • 2006-11: K01 CA111402 Howard Temin Research Scientist Development Award
  • 2008-11: STOP CANCER Research Career Development Award
  • 2008-09: UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Collaborative grant award